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Dark Wrangler debut is a community effort for Don Cassell and friends during Covid

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Coping with Covid can be tough on  people’s mental health. But music helped local classic rock inspired musician Don Cassell  get through it with a little bit of help from his friends. The result— the first Dark Wrangler CD ‘Liminality’ “ This album saved me,” said Cassell, who started working on a few of his songs with with Taylor Ackerman in January. Ackerman, along with Ryan, ‘Skinny’ Dyck and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Bird helped flesh out his songs. Click here to hear Liminality
“They play everything on the CD — bass, drums, fiddle, keyboards,” he said.

  The songs range from classic rock style to heartbroken country music.

He added bassist Dil Jopp and Danica Somme to sing background vocals.

“She’s got an amazing voice so I asked Taylor to bring her (Sommer’s) vocals up,  so they  are a prominent part of the second track ‘Light of Day.’

Cassell has also released  one album with his other band In Cahoots and two with  The Juxtaposers, a project which also included Ackerman and Bird.
“ We just got together and started jamming together on some of my songs. I realized we had something special, but I never thought it would turn out to be a CD,” he said, adding he met with  Ackerman weekly in his North side studio, and came up with a song a week, which they eventually fleshed out for the CD.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 November 2020 09:47 ) Read more...

Friday the 13 lucky for live music lovers this week

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It’s Remembrance Day week and we’re under several feet of snow, so like it or not, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.King Bull return to the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 With that in mind, There will be the first Christmas farmer’s market of the season at Exhibition Park, Nov. 13 and 14 as well as Nov. 27 and 28.
 This weekend’s Farmer’s Markets will be From 1-8 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. on Saturday.

 But first Honker’s Pub has postponed a fundraising concert for the Lethbridge Food Bank to Jan. 9, 2021.

 It was to be tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 10 and featuring local bands  Vintage Wine, Whiskey Gap and local Volbeat Tribute the Rebel Angels.

Good Times has a comedy open mic on Nov. 10
 Open mics are all over the place as usual this week.
 Devin Gergel hosts an open mic at Beaches on Wednesday, The Slice has their weekly open mic on Thursday.
 Honker’s Pub has two open mics this week.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 November 2020 17:50 ) Read more...

Mark Hall band play Halloween at the Slice

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The Slice was quiet for a Halloween concert with the Mark Hall Band.
Ian Morrice with the Mark hall band at the Slice, Oct. 31. photo by Richard AmeryThe local trio, including Mark Hall on lead guitar , bassist/vocalist Ian Morrice and drummer Raz Bruce  front and centre, played their usual array of  classic rock and country music ranging from Def Leppard power ballad “Hysteria,” to ’90s country hit “ Dust on the Bottle.”
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2020 23:05 )

Misfits tribute 138 heat up Halloween at the Owl Acoustic Lounge

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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge was packed, Oct. 31 for the perfect Halloween band — new local Misfits tribute 138. I missed their debut at the Slice the night before, so was glad to have caught most of their last set at the Slice.Donovan Howell singing with Misfits tribute 138. Photo by Richard Amery

 Barbraedian Nickel playing with Misfit tribute 138 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Photo by Richard AmeryThe band  featured Donovan  Howell on lead vocals, Barbraedian Nickel on  bass, Devin Gergel on guitar and “Vijar Von Violence, the only one in a full mask, pounding away on the drums at the back of the stage.

 The band did spooktacular versions of a lot of the horror punk pioneers’  classics including “ Dig Up her Bones,”,“Die Die My Darling,” “Skull,” “Last Caress” and ended their set with the  extremely apt “Halloween.”

 They ran through their entire repertoire and were called back for an encore, so they redid “Last Caress.”

 They were spot on and even looked the part with makeup and Misfits  shirts.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2020 22:49 )

Uncovered play the hits for Halloween

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Covid aside, there were a lot of people out and about to celebrate Halloween on a Saturday.

Alison Hawkins with Uncovered, Oct. 31 at Pops  PubSouth. Photo by Richard Amery
 Pop’s Pub South  featured local rock quartet  Uncovered  featuring Alison Hawkins back singing lead vocals on several of the more pop  numbers.

 A good sized crowd was in costume and enjoying the music. Several of them had incorporated masks into the costumes. The quartet played behingd individual little plexiglass screens.

 Juno playing with Uncovered at Pop's Pub South, Oct. 31. Photo By Richard AmeryDrummer Juno sang lead vocals on several songs including  Bruce Springsteen’s “ Dancing in the Dark,” Hawkins added an impassioned version of  Holly McNarland’s   “Numb.”

Juno took over on lead vocals for the country portion of their set, which including a pair of Eddie Rabbit songs “ I Love a Rainy Night” and trucker’s classic “ Driving my Life Away.”
 They ended their set by taking the audience back with a little “ Twist And Shout,”  taking a break for the costume contest.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2020 22:27 )
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